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Old 13th August 2008, 10:02   #16
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Is the valley of flowers open around 30-31st september?
Hemkunt Sahib is open till 4th of October.
Planning for last week sept trip most probably
Will there be any flowers then?
Valley is open (I have gone in September), but there will be no flowers - best season is July. Nevertheless, it is a nice walk and beautiful countryside.
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Thanks hv,
One question though, since earlier I can go is second week of sept, what is the difference between last week of sept and second week of sept.
Actually last week of sept is more convinient for me.
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As far as I know, the Valley is open till early winter - Badrinath temple is open till end-October. I went in mid-September to Badri/Valley and that was th peak pilgrim season to Hemkund. I also went to Badri in end-Oct, looked like the Valley route was already closed.
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hv, the main aim of the trip is to visit Hemkunt Sahib. Most people have told me that Oct 4th is the closing date, so would like to be there atleast a week before that date, thats why planning on 30th sept whereabouts.
As for the valley, I guess flower season is mostly over, so 15 days here or there will not make much of a difference.
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Plans almost final
But we need to find the closing date of the Gurudwara.
Somebody told me its Octorber 4?
We plan to reach Haridwar on Sept 27th around evening, and then drive 3-4 hours from there towards Joshimath.
On Sept 28 we reach Govind Ghat and spend night there
29th sept we trek to Govind Dham
30th sept we trek to Hemkunt sahib and come back by 1-2pm.
If possible we will do the 3kms trek to VOF otherwise we will keep it for the next day.

Any tips please?
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3 ways to check the dates:

One: Call these guys

Tourist Office, Bus Station,
Gopeshwar.
Tel. 01372-252468.

Rishikesh (Yatra Office), AGM (Tourism), Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd., Tourist Information Centre, (Advance Reservation Centre), Shail Vihar, Haridwar Bye Pass Road, Rishikesh - 249201.
Tel.: 0135-2431793, 2431783, 2435174, 2432648, 2430799, 2430357(R).
Fax: 0135-2430372.
Email: yatra@gmvnl.com, yatraoffice@sancharnet.in .

GMVN web-site also publishes dates when the temples close down, but I checked, did nott find anything there. Kedarnath/Gangotri/Yamunori close on Diwali (Oct 28 this year), maybe Hemkund also has the same schedule.

Two: Call up GMVN Hotel at Ghangariya: Centre of action, on he trekking rrial o Hemkund. You will find their number in GMVN web-site

Three: Check out with your local Gurudwara: Lots of Sikh pilgrimmages during the season, I find most of the cars in the roads leading to Badrinah are Sikh pilgrims on their way to Hemkund Saheb
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No, it is a trekking path. It is 14 kms from Govindghat to Ghangariya, and 6 from there to Hemkund Saheb.

It takes up to 4-6 hours to walk the 14 kms. Not possible to walk upto Hemkund Saheb same day. I believe you are not allowed to camp overnight at Hemkund Saheb, you have to return to Ghangariya.
Yes dear you are absolutely right you are not allowed to stay night at Sri Hemkunt Sahib, I have been going there every year without break for the last thirty years and not even once I stayed back for the night inspite of very high temptation. The reason is very simple as you can feel there is very less oxygen for our breathing purpose even during the day time,nights are very very COLDER here and the oxygen levels also drop drasticly. Best time to leave the gurudwara after darshan is 3.00pm at the most latest by latest,I have heard from many that after 3.00pm the sewadars force the pilgrims to go back to Govind dham.please follow this rule or you will end up strck in darkness in middle of S.H.S. and G ovind dham.
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